Delicious DIRT. GREAT Event TONIGHT

We know it’s last minute and it’s a Monday night folks.  But, when do you get a chance to hear some of the most vibrant and successful restaurateurs speak while networking with young real estate mavens?  And even better, when can you ask anything your little heart desires?  This evening is your chance.  Tonight is a rare opportunity to learn, to mix, mingle and make your voice heard.  This is an event we highly recommended.

The Young Real Estate Group and the 
Real Estate & Building Trades Division of the Jewish United Fund invite you to a panel presentation of:

TONIGHT: The Art of the Restaurant Deal @ Hotel Palomar.  Featuring: Rob Katz (Boka Group), Brendan Sodikoff (Gilt, Maudes, Curio, Donut Vault), Lawrence B. Swibel

Come hear three distinguished Chicago restaurateurs (some of our faves) discuss the process of launching a successful restaurant, from visualizing an idea to scouting locations to opening night. After the panel presentation there will an opportunity to ask questions and network with other real estate professionals. Click here for Facebook event page.

Rob Katz Boka Restaurant Group

Rob Katz & Kevin Boehm, Boka Group Co-Owners

Brendan Sodikoff Gilt Bar, 
Maude’s Liquor Bar, Curio, The Doughnut 
Vault (coming soon)

Brendan Sodikoff

Lawrence B. Swibel Partner — Fox, Hefter, Swibel, Levin & Carroll, LLP

Lawrence B. Swibel

Monday, February 28th, 2011
 5:30 p.m. – Registration & Networking
 6:15 p.m. – Program Begins Hotel Palomar Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
505 North State Street  
Chicago, IL 60654 COST: $40

Real Estate & Building Trades Leadership: Jason Friedman, Friedman Properties Real Estate & Building Trades Division Chair, Russell Brenner, Syndicated Equities, Marc Klutznick, Klutznick Enterprises Young Real Estate/ Group Co-chairs: Adam Kaplan, Senior Lifestyle Corporation, Seth Singerman, Singerman Real Estate,  Helee Hillman, Jones Lang LaSalle, Daniel Kaufman, Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, Stephen Sotoloff, Walton Street Capital
Host Committee: Ben Firestone, Jonathan Glick, Scott Goldman,John Kinzelberg, Joshua Liss, Nathaniel Sager, Andy Stein, Elise Wiss

The Art of the Restaurant Deal

Delicious DIRT. Events Tonight

2/28 Chicagoans are invited to join Quartino Ristorante for an exclusive Wine Dinner in partnership with Branko.  Winemaker Igor Erzetic will lead the wine dinner and will feature a reception and five-course menu created by Quartino Executive Chef John Coletta. $49 per person plus tax and gratuity, reception starts at 7:30PM, Reservations required, call Quartino 312.698.5000, 626 N State St.

2/28 6 p.m. Mexican cooking classes at Double A – Lower level. Enter through Mercadito – 108 W. Kinzie St. – River North — Mercadito chef Patricio Sandoval demonstrates how to prepare four dishes.

Stay Tuned for DIRT. Weekly, Behind the scenes at Hubbard Inn + Public House, Frontier Newbie Niceness, Purple Pig PIG-OUT, Exclusive with Michael Kornick himself, Food Mafia action at N9NE, Gilt Bar, & Mike + Chao, y mucho mas Delicious DIRT.

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GOT JUICE? dirt@elevateyourpresence.com

Elevate Your Presence is calling all Food Nerds, Chefs, and Cuisine Obsessives. Food Mafia is launching soon. Email us @juice@elevateyourpresence.com to receive an exclusive invite. Plus, send us your juiciest FOOD PORN and you might even get lucky…

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Inside: Paul Virant, Perennial Virant, Boka Group, NO CORKAGE 2/26, COCHON555, Flaco’s Tacos, Nacional 27, LOKaLChicago, @thesmokedaddy, @Chizakaya, @tacojointlp, Quince, D.O.C. Wine Bar, Frasca Pizzeria/ Wine Bar, Dunlays on the Square, Dunlays on Clark, Kit Kat Lounge / Supper Club, Zocalo Restaurant / Tequila Bar, redFLAME Pizzeria, Gossip Girl, Oscar Bingo, iPad 2, Brass Knuckle Bon Bons

Delicious DIRT. Food Nerds Delight

After loads of speculation and a lot of hype, today, our friends Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz, aka big shots and co-owners of Boka Group, announced Paul Virant will replace Ryan Poli (Tavernita) as executive chef at Perennial.  Not only is Virant, of Vie in Western Springs, soon to be cooking up glory, he is now part owner as well.  Perennial is now aptly named Perennial Virant.  We love the boys’ video announcement earlier today (see below).  Boehm is a superstar on video as you know from his quickie on Food Mafia.

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BYO delights customers. For 1 night only, THIS SATURDAY- February 26, Chicago restaurants will be waiving their corkage fee! Participating restaurants include: @LOKaLChicago, @thesmokedaddy, @Chizakaya, @tacojointlp, Quince, D.O.C. Wine Bar, Frasca Pizzeria/ Wine Bar, Dunlays on the Square, Dunlays on Clark, Kit Kat Lounge / Supper Club, Zocalo Restaurant / Tequila Bar, redFLAME Pizzeria.

Traveling culinary competition @COCHON555 promoting sustainable farming of heritage breed pigs is coming to Chicago March 20!  Mike Sheerin, Andrew Zimmerman, Top Steph (Girl & the Goat), Chris Pandel (The Bristol), and Michael Fiorello (Mercat a la Planxa) are all signed up on the roster. More info read Eater’s piece

Flaco’s Tacos just opened a 2nd local in South Loop & Nacional 27 is celebrating Brazilian Carnaval!  Between March 4-8, get your hips shaking with dance performances, Samba lessons, loads of parades, parties, tapas, and caipirinhas galore. Get tickets now

Delicious DIRT. Juice We Love

LOVING the @gossipgirl #fashion this season! #Dior #fishnets #lace #pattern oh my! #Guiltypleasures. #Hedonist.

Apple Will Likely Unveil #iPad 2 at March 2 conference via @newser.

Check out the @Thrillist #Oscar Award Night Bingo. LOVE.  As they say, let’s keep if from feeling like 127 Hours…

Are you ready Food Mafia? Desserts with an Edge: Brass Knuckle Bon Bons start selling online today via @dailycandy.

I Will Check My #Phone At #Dinner And You Will Deal With It via one of our FAVES @techcrunch.  Great piece.  Recommended reading.

Who doesn’t LOVE a wardrobe challenge:? We can’t stop looking at the photos from the 30 days without repeating a closet item @FabiolaBeracasa via @ellemagazine

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GOT JUICE? dirt@elevateyourpresence.com

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Inside: Chef Shuffles, Tavernita, Perennial, Boka Group, Ryan Poli, Danny Grant, Ria, Balsan, Brandon Baltzley, Tribute, Kanela, Hubbard Inn, Towne in Boston, Britney, post-Fashion Week dinner spots, Eatocracy, Street Style, New York Fashion Week

Delicious DIRT. JUICE

If you have not heard by now, you must be hiding under a rock because it’s been the HOT topic of the week! @ryanpoli is leaving Boka Group’s Perennial March 7  to join Tavernita, which the Mercadito team will open this summer.  Our friends / owners of Perennial say a celeb chef is on the way but mum’s the word for a while.

Boston’s hottest resto, Towne Stove and Spirits, offers a dream-like experience. With their Alice in Wonderland-Esque kitchen, three “See and be Scene at” bars, and lobster menu with 11 different preparations of New England’s favorite delicacy to top off the whole experience, who wouldn’t fall in love with Towne Stove and Spirits? This is definitely on our list of New England restos to visit and we look forward to trying out the other delish offerings from the kitchen team including: an eclectic international menu of whole roasted local seafood, Peking chicken, steaks to share, tandoori meats, wood-fired rotisserie chicken and delish Persian rice.

Want more JUICE.  You’re in luck!

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GOT JUICE? dirt@elevateyourpresence.com

Elevate Your Presence is calling all Food Nerds, Chefs, and Cuisine Obsessives. Food Mafia is launching soon. To receive an exclusive invitation, email us @ juice@elevateyourpresence.com Plus, send us your juiciest FOOD PORN and you might even get lucky…

Are You A Member?  Food Mafia wants you!

Elevate Your Presence is calling all Food Nerds, Chefs, and Cuisine Obsessives. Food Mafia is launching soon.  To receive an exclusive invitation, email us @ juice@elevateyourpresence.com Plus, send us your juiciest FOOD PORN and you might even get lucky…

Delicious DIRT. Exclusive VIDEO

Kevin Boehm, (BOKA GRP) restaurateur extraordinaire, surely knows greatness when he sees it.  Check out a sneak preview video of why he loves Food Mafia pre launch below.

Click here to get in Food Mafia’s Facebook greatness now. Stay tuned for official site launch soon.

BOKA RESTAURANT GROUP was founded by Rob Katz and Kevin Boehm in 2003 and includes some of Chicago’s most popular restaurants including Boka, Landmark Grill & Lounge, Perennial, and Stephanie Izard’s Restaurant, Girl & the Goat. Each of their restaurants is crafted individually and conceptually unique. Along with Kevin and Rob, BRG is led by an extraordinary team including partner and corporate Chef Giuseppe Tentori, Director of Operations Ian Goldberg, and Perennial Executive Chef Ryan Poli.

GOT JUICE?  dirt@elevateyourpresence.com

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Delicious DIRT. Blizzard got you down?  Check out what some restos are doing to keep you from going hungry.

  1. @Piecechicago IS delivering tonight
  2. Boka, Perrenial and Landmark are giving you 25% off Tuesday and Wednesday says owner @Kevinboehmboka

    Kevin & Rob, Boka Group Owners

  3. @Stephandthegoat says seats are opening up at Girl & The Goat
  4. Smoke Daddy has 1/2 price Wings, Burgers, and Nachos $2 Rumps, $3 Jameson, $3 Mint Hot Chocolate
  5. @blokesbirds: all you can eat fish & chips tonight $14. Come warm up with a pint of 3 Floyd’s Golden Leader! 3343 N Clark
  6. @6degreesbar: is open and rockin during the blizzard! Come in for great beer specials and half off appetizers!
  7. @rick_bayless: Frontera, Topolo and Xoco are all open to warm you up with chile and the appropriate libations.
  8. Kuma’s Corner: “Several empty tables right now.”
  9. Schuba’s and Lincoln Hall staying open, iO and Second City closed

Photo by Smoke Daddy

    Are You A Member?  Food Mafia wants you!

    Calling all Food Nerds, Chefs, and Cuisine Obsessives. Food Mafia is launching soon.  To receive an exclusive invitation, email us @  juice@elevateyourpresence.com Plus, send us your juiciest FOOD PORN and you might even get lucky…

    Heard on @ElevatePresence

    CHITOWN #BLIZZARD activity: What would you name your roll? Win a Spot on Union Sushi’s Launch Menu! Free @SouthwestAir Flight  via @EaterChicago @AriBendersky @mikeandchaochow

    1st round voting starts TODAY — Hottest Chef Round 1: Desai, @ryanpoli , @curtisduffy, @brycecaron, Thapthimkuna &@BrandonBaltzley via @EaterChicago

    Lets be serious – The #bodega is out of milk, yet the storm has not fully hit yet… ARE YOU READY? via @chicagotribune

    Metromix’s article has some closings you might want to read here.

    GOT JUICE? dirt@elevateyourpresence.com

    Elevate Your Presence loves this Delicious Dirt via Eater Chicago on Michelin Guides‘ parties with food nerds galore – chefs like Grant Achatz , restaurant owners such as Boka Grp‘s Rob, Kevin and Giuseppe, journalists /bloggers such as the one and only fabulous Ari Bendersky and the rest of the good ol’ Chitown crew!

    Elevate Your Presence wants you to get to know Grant Achatz in this video interview attached below! Chicago Food Mafia and Elevate Your Presence congratulate the Alinea chef on his Michelin Guides 3 stars! Achatz writes, “I’ve done my share of interviews, but its pretty fun when you get to do it while cruising town in a Lexus.”

    Chicago

    In case you missed our announcement on Chicago Food MafiaMichelin Guides released their Chicago awards this morning- a day early! Both the Mafia and Elevate Your Presence congratulate award winners. 3 stars (highest honors) went to Grant Achatz‘s Alinea and L20, 2 stars to Trotter’s, Avenues and Ria, while 1 star went to Chef Rick Bayless‘s Topolobampo (an Obama favorite) and Boka Grp‘s Boka among many more.

    See full list of restaurants and their rating below.

    Taken from Crain’s Chicago Business- “Nabbing a three-star rating, the highest awarded by Michelin, is a tough feat as only 93 other restaurants in the world have been able to accomplish it. Five New York and two San Francisco restaurants earned a three-star rating in the 2011 guides. Chicago is the third North American city to be covered annually by the Michelin Guides. New York was the first in 2005.”

    Michelin Guide Chicago 2011′s Complete List:

    ***  Three Stars

    • Alinea
    • L20
    ** Two Stars 

    • Avenues at the Peninsula Hotel
    • Charlie Trotter’s
    • Ria at the Elysian Hotel
    * One Star
    • Blackbird
    • Boka
    • Bonsoiree
    • Crofton on Wells
    • Everest
    • Graham Elliot
    • Longman & Eagle
    • NAHA
    • NoMI
    • Schwa
    • Seasons
    • Sepia
    • Sixteen
    • Spiaggia
    • Takashi
    • Topolobampo
    • Tru
    • Vie
    Michelin’s Chicago 2011 more affordable Bib Gourmand restaurant list, defined as two courses and dessert or wine for $40 or under, was released last week and is listed in full below.
    Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand Chicago 2011 Restaurants: 

    Ann Sather
    Belly Shack
    Bistro 110
    Bristol
    Browntrout
    Ceres’ Table
    Cumin
    deca
    De Cero
    DeCOLORES
    Frances’ Deli
    Frontera Grill
    Gilt Bar
    Girl & The Goat
    Green Zebra
    Han 202
    Hopleaf
    Jaipur
    Kith & Kin
    La Creperie
    La Petite Folie
    Los Nopales
    Lula Café
    mado
    Mexique
    M. Henry
    Mixteco Grill
    Nana
    Nightwood
    Opart Thai House
    Otom
    Paramount Room
    Perennial
    Publican
    Purple Pig
    Raj Darbar
    Riccardo Trattoria
    Smak-Tak
    Smoque BBQ
    Spacca Napoli
    Taste of Peru
    Thai Village
    Twin Anchors
    Urban Belly
    Veerasway
    West Town Tavern

    Chicago is certainly one of the most fabulous cities in the world- especially when it comes to food!!

    Chicago Food Mafia Via Elevate Your Presence
    Cant wait for some banging Bangers & Lace! Congrats to friends Jason Freiman and Nick Podesta! RT: Eater Chicago : Wicker Park’s Bangers & Lace opening within 2 weeks. http://t.co/BBU3Osj via Eater Chicago

    Elevate Your Presence: Chicago Food Mafia & Elevate Your Presence are SO EXCITED for Boka Group / Kevin Boehm‘s newest addition to their award winning restaurant group slated to open in February 2011 in the former Tizi Melloul space: GT Fish & Oyster. Read all about it here via Eater Chicago

    Chicago Food Mafia via Elevate Your Presence is thrilled to see some of our favs – Salpicon, Mexique & Chef Rick Bayless‘s spots on Chicago magazine‘s Top 12 List of Best Mexican Restaurants! Check out more below via Eater Chicago



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